Yet Another Reason to Love Bruno Mars

Just when you thought you couldn’t love Bruno Mars any more than you already did.

I know…impossible.

Well, it’s very likely when the “Versace on the Floor” crooner announced donating $1 million to Flint, Michigan’s relief efforts to decontaminate the city’s lead laced water supply.

More specifically proceeds will go to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a local charity which works with nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health and development of children affected by the water crisis, as well as supporting small and minority-owned businesses in the area.

Bruno made the announcement on stage at Auburn Hills, Michigan, close by to Detroit and Flint.

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The Guardian reports Bruno released this statement about the much needed donation.

I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause. Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.

Thanks Bruno for remembering the forgotten Flint residents still affected by the 2014 fatal water crisis.

Let’s hope others are paying attention.

Big Sean Donates $100,000 to Flint Water Crisis Relief

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D town’s own refuses not to let the water crisis in Flint, Michigan be off news feeds.

So, Big Sean shared his philanthropic scoop on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Wednesday: he donated $100,000 to Flint water crisis relief through his foundation.

Despite the AP reporting Flint’s lead levels below the federal limit, residents are still encouraged to drink bottled water. Big Sean says the city is still in a precarious situation.

“It’s not even close to being over,” Big Sean said. “That situation wasn’t a natural disaster. It’s something that should’ve been prevented and could’ve been prevented, so it’s just disgusting to think about the damages that these families and even kids have to go through with the lead poisoning.”

The “Bounce Back” rapper revealed his mom suffered from a bout of lead poisoning, but luckily could reverse it through holistic medicine.

What will be a constant is Big Sean’s love for his hometown. Last night, the rapper held a cozy album first listen party for I Decided in Detroit.

Annnddd featured the Flint Chosen choir On his album. Telling Rolling Stone he wanted to “reach out and show some support from that side, creatively. It’s a song called ‘Bigger Than Me’ and once you hear it you’ll see why I wanted them to be on it. But I was just happy to have Flint be a part of my album in that way as well.”

For us regular folk, I Decided will be released on Friday, February 3.

 

 

Man Candy Monday I Snoop Dogg Throws Celebrity Basketball Game for Flint

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MSU Coach Tom Izzo, Snoop Dogg mean mugging and Morris Peterson before throwing down on the court.

Snoop Dogg and former NBA baller Morris Peterson teamed up to throw first annual Hoop 4 Water charity basketball game Saturday at Flint’s Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.

All donations went towards Morris’ Foundation that aims to provide services and resources to teens in and around Flint.

“We’re here to try to fix the problem,” Snoop Dogg told Detroit Free Press. “That’s why we’re bringing joy and happiness and a basketball game so people can have some fun. But no one understands what the cause is. We’re here to make sure we get the problem fixed out here with the water situation.”

Flint residents, which have been sickened by a contaminated water crisis due to corroded water pipes and corrupt government that tried to cover it up, certainly felt the love–thousands attended the charity game.

Where they not only watched a heated matchup between Snoop and Morris (Adidas provided the sick jerseys) on the hardwood, but were provided with cases of bottled water.

Michigan State (Go Spartans!) basketball coach Tom Izzo was hanging out courtside. Not that Morris needed it, the former Toronto Raptor trounced Snoop even with NFL player Eric Enron serving as the rapper’s Scottie Pippen.

Get the game’s final score and highlights here.

MTV’s Sway was there to coach Morris’ team to victory.

 

Morris and Snoop were handed keys to the city by Flint Mayer Karen Weaver for their charitable efforts. And decided to make Hoop 4 Water an annual event.

Until next year guys, thanks for keeping Flint in the news. You are officially our #MCMs.

Feel Good Friday Roundup

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I know the real Feel Good Friday news you want on this April Fools Day. Sadly, Donald Trump’s presidential bid is 100 percent a joke, but he’s the fool for thinking otherwise. With that being said there are no announcements of him throwing in the towel, only this.

While we continue to shake our heads on that one, here are a few news items that will make you nod ’em.

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First, Diddy, P.Diddy, Puffy whatever the hell he goes by–GOT IT–Sean. Let’s just stick to his government name. So, Mr. Sean Combs is opening a charter school in his birthplace of Harlem. The Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, an independently funded school, will open in the Fall and is accepting sixth and seventh grade applications. Sean said this of his latest venture:

“I want to impact the lives of young people in my community and build future leaders. The first step is offering quality education.”

It’s quite a detour from the media mogul making us dance (Not that he stopped. Who else is trying to cop the Badboy reunion tickets?) but I can so dig it.

And we can all take a collective sigh of relief knowing Sean Combs will not be running the school. Educator extraordinare Dr. Steve Perry will be the headmaster.

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Two Michigan prisons–Pugsley Correctional Facility and Oaks Correctional Facility–got into the philanthropic spirit this week when they ran a contest to see who could collect the most water for Flint residents.

The winner is…Pugsley Correctional with 30,000 collected water bottles during a one month period.

Newsone reports, Pugsley administrator and creator of the contest said the real winners are the recipients.

“It wasn’t us that won. It wasn’t Oaks that won. This is going to those kids at ISD in Genesee County. They won.”

The inmates generosity knows no bounds, they even pooled together $600 to give to the cause. Inmates’ average hourly wage is $.26. About $1.17 a day.

Finally, when you get an opportunity, go for it like this little boy did to get a hug from fave basketball player–Carmelo Anthony.

Yes, some things you have to make happen yourself. Kudos to the real people uniting us.

Feel Good Friday | Howard Students Spend Spring Break in Flint

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Not every college student is spending spring break in a lounge chair sipping a Mai Tai.

Howard University students (43 to be exact) from D.C. ditched the beach for the Motor City earlier this month.

Not just to visit Motown’s Hitsville studio (how can you pass that up?) but to deliver bottled water to Flint, Michigan residents.

As part of an “alternative spring break,” an HBCU tradition where spring breakers lend a helping hand in and beyond borders; there are 500 HU spring breakers sprinkling goodness in Chicago, St. Louis and Haiti this year, according to ibtimes.

In Flint, the good karma crew visited a Boys and Girls Club to start a garden (Michelle Obama would be so proud.) As well as organize the incoming bottled water donations.

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Earlier this week, the spring breakers helped cook and sort food at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Followed that up by visiting International Academy Charter School for family science night.

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Most of the HU students spending spring break in Flint are from the Muslim Students Association. The group donated water to Flint, Michigan’s Muslim House and had an interfaith chat to go along with it late last week.

As to why they’re there.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or not tuning into C-SPAN (you should’ve it was popcorn eating, soft-drinking slurping type of viewing this week.) Flint, Michigan’s water has been contaminated due to lead piping and a heavily polluted source stream. Nearly 100,000 black and poor residents have been affected.

Keep track of the do-gooders progress in Flint by following them on Instagram–huasb_flint.

 

While the Oscars was on…Black Hollywood Raised $122K for Flint

 

imageedit_1_2053716834Black Hollywood–those who didn’t boycott the Oscars (*cough* Chris Rock*cough*Whoopi Goldberg*cough*)–used their star power to raise awareness for Flint water crisis Sunday by organizing #JusticeforFlint fundraiser. In turn raising over $100,000 to help all those affected.

Selma director Ava Duvernay, Creed director Ryan Coogler (shown above) and Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams banded together to host the Justice for Flint free event streamed on Revoltv, including panel discussions and performances by…

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Jazmine Sullivan

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Empire’s Jussie Smollett and Estelle

 

Janelle Monae and the always great Stevie Wonder

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Ledisi singing the best version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

And panel discussions featured Hill Harper, Ryan Coogler and Avengers star Mark Ruffalo. Jesse Williams continued to keep it real why he, Ryan Coogler and Ava Duvernay combined forces.

The poisoning of Flint’s water hasn’t been happening for 2 days…for 2 weeks. It’s been 2 years and we’re only talking about it now because they got caught.

Ava Duvernay let the numbers speak for themselves:

The special event was a great way to cast a shadow over the Oscars, which is already being boycotted by A-list actors Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee.

At the same time throw a spotlight on an issue that’s been mostly ignored by mainstream media and Justice department.Why hasn’t the Michigan governor been arrested yet? 

Throw in Al Sharpton’s LA rally against Tinseltown’s lack of diversity, this was the weekend for taking a stand, rather than accepting honors. 

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Man Candy Monday | LeBron James,Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul Team Up for Flint

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They may be rivals on the hardwood, but off the court NBA power forwards–LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul–are teaming up to help Flint get clean water.

The ballers hooked up with an online organic store–Thrive Market to donate bottled water and nutritious food to those affected by the Flint water crisis.

LeBron, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony partnered with Thrive Market to send a special delivery to the residents of Flint, Michigan. I PROMISE

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Please continue to support the residents of Flint. LeBron, Melo and I partnered with Thrive Market to donate water and access to nutritious food over the coming months to the families who have been affected.

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But nothing tops 7-year-old Isiah Britt’s contribution to the water-plagued city. The Gainesville, Virginia res was just as sympathetic as the rest when he learned about the Flint water crisis (despite the lack of media coverage, Flint is still hurting.) from his parents.

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The pre-teen was all set to send water to Eisenhower Elementary in Flint, until he learned the kids were more in need of hand sanitizer. Because need clean water to wash their hands. Duh? It’s kind of a no-brainer when you think about it.

After finding out how much hand sanitizer he would need for each, Isiah set up a GoFundMe account with a goal of $500. Once that was reached Isiah raised the bar–he wanted to provide hand sanitizer dispensers to every elementary school in Flint.

The kid’s lofty goal paid off. He raised over $10,000. More than enough hand sanitizer dispensers for each school along with refills and disinfectant wipes.

“That was the best day of my life, trying to help a different school,” Isiah told WTVR. “It doesn’t matter if you’re small. It doesn’t mean you can’t do big things.”

I think this is just one of the big things Isiah will do.

 

Woman Crush Wednesday | Beyonce Starts Flint Kids Fund

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Queen Bey has officially got our attention. As if you could ignore her Black power themed Super Bowl 50 performance. Or Mrs Carter’s Flawless call for ‘Formation’ in her latest video.

The Bey swarm is in full effect this week. In between preparing for another world tour (y’all get your tickets?) and dropping another surprise album–Any day now. Any day now–she started a fund for Flint, Michigan kids affected by the water crisis.

Through Beyonce’s charity BeyGOOD, she’s partnering with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to “create a fund that will address long-term developmental, education, nutrition and health needs of the children affected by the Flint water crisis,” Live Nation released in a statement.

The BeyGOOD initiative will also continue its support of United Way. Just laser focus it on United Way of Genesee County, in helping to distribute water filters and bottled water to those in Flint.

Last week Jay Z made headlines for donating $1.5 million to a variety of Black Lives Matter orgs and social justice groups. The money was raised through a Barclay’s Center concert in October–featuring Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Usher and Damian Marley.

Cementing their place as the power couple of the world.

 

 

Man Candy Monday | Russell Simmons and Snoop Dogg Visit Flint, Michigan

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On the heels of Russell Simmons diagnosing the Flint, Michigan water crisis “environmental racism”–where low-income or minority communities are disproportionately affected by a major environmental disaster, like dumping toxic waste–on The Real Friday, he visited the city today.

Going door-to-door to deliver 200,000 water bottles. Plus offering a listening ear to people like Nakeyja. She has three kids and two tested positive for lead poisoning. The 3-year-old suffers from seizures and Nakeyja’s other child doesn’t speak.

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The story brought tears to Russell’s eyes. Like most of the stories coming out of Flint recently.

To add insult to injury, the water filters the govt passed out don’t work; they do nothing to decontaminate the poisoned water.  Take note govt officials…

imageedit_7_4767175301Russell Simmons next stop was a rally where he met the whistleblower of Flint water crisis, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

The media mogul followed that up by dropping by Classical Academy to chat up the kids and Principal Tate. RHOA’s Phaedra Parks was also there. No sign of Ayden though….damn.

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Rounding out his trip was playing waterboy once again to Flint residents.

It’s the same role Snoop Dogg had when he visited Flint Saturday for a water drive.

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Decked out in a ‘Flint Lives Matter’ tee the rapper had a one-on-one with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. To offer help and to exploit his celeb status for this necessary cause. Snoop made this vow to the crowd.

I have a lot of information to take back to my celebrity friends and people around the world who want to help, but mainly we’d like the governor to step up and do what’s necessary to make sure Flint is taken care of.

Don’t we all. Don’t we all. Keep your prayers up for Flint.

 

Feel Good Friday | Two Chi-Town Brothers Take Road Trip Mission to Flint

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Chi-town brothers La’Mont Williams, 27, and Nate Williams, 20, were so struck (as we all should be!) by the tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan they took a four-hour roadtrip to help.

After filling their wallets with funds from family and friends, the Williams brothers hopped in their car with cases of water riding in the back. This was the motivation:

“These people need help, and it’s not what you see on the news, there is more to it. There is a human element–it’s not a black or white thing–it’s not a rich or poor thing–the city of Flint, no matter where you go people need water, you know?” La’Mont, an attorney, told Fox 32 News. “You can’t go three days without drinking water.”

Not to mention bathing, brushing teeth and cooking. Although I’m sure those in the know (*cough* state govt officials *cough*) last year already prepared for the Flint water crisis. So, I beg to differ on La’Mont’s stance on it not being a race or class issue. And adopt Russell Simmons’ approach: “If this happened in Beverly Hills–first of all they would’ve found out in two minutes, and everybody would’ve been in trouble.”

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Anywho, the Williams brothers arrived in Flint on Saturday and quickly ran out of their clean water supply. But that was a hurdle easily cleared when they made their way to a local Walmart to restock.

The Huffington Post reports the brothers were getting so much H20, store workers thought they were with a charity. Nope, the two-man operation delivered 100 cases of bottled water, just doing their part to help.

“I could not imagine having to live my life one bottle of water at a time,” La’Mont told the Detroit Free Press. “I’m just happy to help.”

Thursday, the Michigan legislature approved $28 million to go towards bottled water and nurses for local schools.